Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The aim is to learn how to present and discuss research, in both oral and written form. Seminar sessions also provide help for making informed decisions about how to develop the MSc thesis (although the main responsibility is with the individual thesis advisors). Upon completion of the seminar, the student will be able to present and critically evaluate academic research.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.01.2022 - 12.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marko Terviö

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Thesis seminar groups start twice a year (period I and III) and last for two consecutive periods (I-II, and III-IV). Both seminar periods begin with a common instruction session. Early on in the first period students submit a written research plan and give a presentation on the wider topic area around their research area. In the second seminar period students present and discuss research findings. Depending on the number of participants, the students may be divided to smaller groups for the student presentation sessions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Grading 0-5 based on quality of presentations (live presentation, accompanying slides, research plan/topic paper, and main paper), quality of discussion (both in-class and online), and punctuality. Attendance is required for a passing grade, but one absence may be made up by completing an additional assignment.

    It is not possible to retake the seminar to improve the grade. A student who fails to pass the seminar has to submit an acceptable main research paper before retaking the seminar.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminar sessions during two lecture periods, 24h, topic presentation & research plan, main presentation & main research paper, active participation in discussions (both in-class and online), and acting as the designated discussant of another student's main paper.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The student must have an MSc thesis project that has been formally approved by a faculty advisor. The thesis project must have progressed sufficiently so that the student is prepared to give their first presentation at the start of the seminar. This is requires obtaining a faculty advisor and an advisor-approved topic well before the seminar; for instructions, see the section "Topic registration" at the previous semester's course page at MyCourses. (Search for 31E99905 at MyCourses and select the latest version).

    For more information on finding a topic and a faculty advisor, see

    The order of presentations is randomized, so all participants must be ready to give their first presentation (the topic presentation) in the second week of the seminar. The submisson deadline for the first written documents (research plan, topic presentation slides) would then be in the first week of the seminar. 

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV